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Westchester Community Groups Announce Formation of new network, “Westchester Social Justice Community”

January 26, 2017

For Immediate Release      January 26, 2017


Subject: Westchester Community Groups Announce Formation of new network, “Westchester Social Justice Community”


Groups will gather for “Justice Mondays” in White Plains from 12-1:00 on January 30th and February 6, 2017


Contacts: Nada Khader 914-449-6414

Juanita Lewis  914-751-2641

Susan Van Dolsen 914-525-8886


White Plains, NY  Over a dozen Westchester community groups and non-profits are pleased to announce that they have formed a network, the Westchester Social Justice Community (WSJC).  (List of organizations is below)


On Monday, January 30, 2017, members of the network and other residents will gather for the first “Justice Monday” at noon at the fountain in the Renaissance Plaza at the intersection of Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains to highlight the need to protect the 20 million Americans who could lose health care if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.  The public is welcome to attend. Please do not bring any signs on sticks or poles.


With the advent of a Trump presidency and the potential disastrous changes in the direction of our country, the leaders and organizers of the member organizations of WSJC have determined that there is an urgent need to coordinate their efforts effectively and to be mutually supportive.


If the Trump administration’s first week is any indication of how it will govern, human rights, civil liberties and hard-fought progressive victories will be under attack.  In addition, state and local progressive goals, like the most recent call to ban gun shows at the County Center, will continue to need to be addressed.


While each organization has its own particular mission, WSJC believes this new collaboration creates a more powerful footprint on policy issues in the minds of the public and elected officials.


Nada Khader, Director of WESPAC Foundation, said, “WESPAC is happy to join WSJC.  Since the election, our immediate focus has been to make Westchester County a sanctuary community—where all people can find human dignity and can find a refuge from deportations, gentrification, excessive police use of force, unemployment, inadequate health care and racial inequity.  We welcome the support and participation of members of other groups in this effort.”


Juanita Lewis, Hudson Valley Organizing Director for Community Voices Heard said, “Community Voices Heard of Hudson Valley welcomes the formation of the WSJC network.  Communities of color in Westchester County will be among the most severely impacted by the new administration; our aim is to fight the everyday systems of oppression that exploit low-income people of color and, instead, strive to build a society based upon racial equality and social and economic justice. The WSJC network can help us accomplish our goals by providing more coordination and support from other groups.”


The WSJC welcomes other organizations that are not listed below to join this collaboration.


Simultaneously, the WSJC is announcing a forum on May 13th where participants will learn how to promote an agenda that fosters human dignity for all and how to hold public officials accountable for fostering such an agenda.  More information about the May 13th event will become available closer to the event date.



List of Participating Organizations:


Community Voices


Concerned Families of Westchester


Food & Water Watch


Hudson Valley Community Coalition


Lower Hudson Valley Progressive Action Network


Mount Vernon United Tenants:


Indivisible Westchester:


Prevent Gun Violence—Westchester


Up and Up Action Initiative


WESPAC Foundation


Westchester for Change


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